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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
Some Cal State trustees say an automatic student tuition increase would help students plan their budgets during their college careers.
New L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King visited 12 campuses during her first two weeks on the job. She heard substantive issues during some visits.
In an interview with KPCC, the new L.A. schools leader pledged to work toward 100 percent graduation, balance the budget and combat a "waning of the public trust."
Myrna Castrejón will lead Great Public Schools Now, which launched in November by the backers of a plan to rapidly promote the growth of charter schools in L.A.
New L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will earn a $350,000 salary. Her 29-month contract renews automatically if the board doesn't terminate it.
King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.
LAUSD's facilities, food service, transportation, and other divisions have worked the last three weeks to relocate students from two Porter Ranch schools.
One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.
L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.
To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.
One teacher said students taking standardized tests last year had problems with keyboards, logging into the system, and wifi crashes.
Muslim students are having a range of experiences at schools, from name calling to support and sympathy.
The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which would temporarily relocate almost 1,900 students from the two schools affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
L.A. Unified says a natural gas leak near two Porter Ranch schools has become a distraction to learning and the school district is moving to relocate students.
One week and a day after the massacre, 27-year-old Yvette Velasco's friends and family gathered for an outdoor funeral, at a spot on a hill in remembrance of her love of nature.